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About win200

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Hair Loss Overview

  • Describe Your Hair Loss Pattern
    Receding Hairline (Genetic Baldness)
  • How long have you been losing your hair?
    In the last 5 years
  • Norwood Level if Known
    Norwood II
  • What Best Describes Your Goals?
    Considering Surgical Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Treatments

  • Have you ever had a hair transplant?
  • Other hair restoration physicians
    Dr. Robert Niedbalski
  • Current Non-Surgical Treatment Regime
    Propecia (Finasteride)
    Rogaine Foam
    Nizoral Shampoo

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  1. This one is gonna be great. Can't wait to see the results mature.
  2. Not trying to condescend to anyone, but this is a normal and acceptable outcome. When you're building a new hairline on virgin scalp, so to speak, it's incredibly difficult--and sometimes impossible--to get a native-appearing density on the first pass. Especially when, as is the case for this patient, you have relatively pale skin against dark hair. It's just a limitation of how densely you can implant in one surgery. This happened to me and I got another pass that made it flawless. Plastic surgery isn't magic; there are practical and physiological limitations that even the best surgeons butt up against. Get 200-300 FUE grafts and this will be outstanding. No harm, no foul. Gabel is a great guy and he'll take care of you. He's one of the most ethical guys in the business and he'll stand behind his work.
  3. Yeah, this is a great result, especially for a 51-year-old. It's age appropriate, but you still have far better hair than most guys your age. Congrats!
  4. Donor looks good! Interesting thing, though, is that the area below the scar thinned a bit after every one of my three procedures. If I look back at my 2012 pics before my first procedure, it's very noticeably more dense. Just a quirk of my reaction, I guess--some shock loss that didn't heal completely. I don't care, it's the back of my head. I'll try to upload some pics soon.
  5. A rhinoplasty and a jawline implant, yup. Plus a boatload of Voluma, for those keeping track at home.
  6. He does and he did make that offer to me, but I wanted to work with Dr. G after being acquainted with him for years, I thought Dr. G was best-positioned to do the follow-up work, and his proximity to Seattle was a huge draw.
  7. No comp whatsoever. A couple things: a) I don't have any privacy concerns about showing my face and whatnot, and b) Dr. G spent a lot of time with me for four years before I paid him a dime, so I felt grateful for his time and patience and didn't mind doing and post and a promotional video for his IG. No comp, no discount. The only thing I got was that when I came up in December to drive a friend to his surgery, Dr. G let me try his EmSculpt machine for free while I waited for my buddy to finish his FUE. There was no discussion of that prior to or on the day of my hair procedure, and I paid full price for my hair transplant.
  8. Yup. I see a lot of people thinking that they were botched or wronged somehow because their first procedure doesn't get them 100% of what they want. HTs often don't work that way. You just can't implant at near-native density in one fell swoop without risking compromised blood supply or necrotic tissue.
  9. Thanks! It's a good feeling! I started down this road just over seven years ago (eight, if you count a year of research), and it feels amazing to finally have the hairline and density I always wanted. (Also fun to see how annoyed my 23-year-old fiance is that I have a better hairline than his. Poor guy will cope, I'm sure, as long as he keeps taking his Avodart.)
  10. Look, I see what the patient is talking about. This is a great result considering where he started from, but it's true that the density in that corner isn't the same as the hair behind it. BUT, I think we need to acknowledge that this kind of result is really common, even among the best surgeons, when a patient is starting out where this guy did. Gabel was building a new hairline on a patient with fair skin and very dark hair, and transplanting into slick bald areas. That makes it incredibly hard to get something that passes for full density and doesn't show scalp, and it's pretty tough to do in one pass. I had a surgery with Dr. Rahal that built a hairline just like this, and one side was relatively weak and showed scalp almost exactly like this. It was not even close to a failed surgery or a poor job; just the reality of the limitations of coverage you can achieve in one pass. This is very good work, and I would be pleased. But it's also totally reasonable to want to do a second pass and beef up the density in that corner. It's what I did, and it turned out great. We just need to remember that a great surgery can still leave some work to do--building a new and dense hairline on a patient like this with minimal loss takes time.
  11. Thanks. I think your response is the correct one; there's always a risk, but: It's been over seven years since my first transplant (at 29), and there is no sign of the work not holding up or shedding behind the transplant. I've been on Avodart and minoxidil consistently and respond well to both. I still have grafts in the tank. There is no sign of miniaturized hair behind the hairline. If you comb through, you just see thick hair. Could be something I'm not seeing, but the hair caliber looks good and the hair behind the grafts isn't becoming thin, either in terms of the shafts themselves or the spacing of follicles.
  12. Shoot, sorry for leaving this dormant for so long! Been a super busy eight months and it's easy to forget when everything is going well. The procedure has grown in extremely well; tough to see in pictures because it only thickened the existing hairline and didn't change anything beyond that, but it's much thicker and the weak spots in the corners have been resolved. I'll post some better pics soon; this is just what I had on my phone.
  13. I'm feeling like this is gonna be a home run; very similar to both my before and after hairlines.